Starting on insulin pump therapy is an exciting new step in learning how to manage your diabetes, and we at Animas are committed to helping you live your best life with diabetes. We have a 24/7 support line (the number is on the back of your pump) with clinical advisors to answer your questions. Make sure to become familiar with your pump User Guide, as most of the “how-to’s” are covered there.
You should also be working with your consultant and/or diabetes specialist nurse to help get your basal rates set up, and to monitor your adjustments as you begin to get more comfortable using your pump.
We know you must have questions, so here are a few tips below that might help.
Because the pump delivers your insulin continuously, it must be worn during sleep. The basal insulin rate holds the blood sugar steady while you sleep. Sleeping with the pump is not difficult. It can be clipped to your pyjamas, placed in a pocket, tucked under a pillow, or kept next to you in bed.
Bathing and Swimming
Your Animas® pump is completely waterproof up to 3.6 metres for 24 hours and can be worn in the shower or while swimming. To participate in water activities, clip the pump to your swimsuit or place it in a small "sport case". Or, if you prefer, the pump and most infusion sets can be disconnected for up to one hour.
If you plan on using hot tubs, whirlpools or saunas, it is recommended that you remove your pump, infusion set and tubing. Exposure to extreme temperatures could possibly affect the quality of your insulin inside the pump, tubing and set. Always follow your healthcare professional's individual guidelines when disconnecting your pump. Before and after you disconnect for any length of time, remember to check your blood glucose levels.
Note: Do not wear your Animas® insulin pump when diving or in water at depths greater than 3.6 metres.
Exercise and Sports
There are many options for wearing your pump during exercise and sports activities. During "low-contact" sport activities, such as walking, biking, or aerobics, the pump can be clipped to the waistband. For added security, it can be placed in a "sport case", or some people even sew pockets into their undergarments to keep it in place.
During "contact" sports such as rugby, basketball, or hockey, the pump can be disconnected for up to one hour, although many people prefer to keep it on and tucked under their sportswear. If you choose to disconnect your pump, always follow your physician/healthcare professional's individual guidelines. Before and after you disconnect for any length of time, remember to check your blood glucose levels.
With an insulin pump, travelling requires preparation. Remember to order your supplies in advance, and remember to pack the following items:
A few things to remember:
For the most current information on airport security guidelines, visit the
Department for Transport Web site.
You should always carry an "emergency kit" of supplies for use with your pump, and be sure to carry injectable insulin supplies in the event your pump cannot deliver insulin.
Suggested supplies include, but are not limited to:
Problems with Infusion Sets and Sites
A number of problems can occur with infusion sets and sites, so here are some of the most common ones, along with some suggested solutions. If you have other questions, call your 24/7 Animas Customer Support line at UK 0800 055 6606 or Ireland 1800 812 715.
|Air bubbles in tubing||Always fill your pump cartridge with room temperature insulin. Check Luer lock connection and tubing; change infusion set if needed; if using a disconnect set, remove the set from your infusion site and prime the bubbles out.|
|Kinked tubing||Straighten if needed; replace infusion set if needed.|
|Blood in tubing (insulin
looks pink or red)
|Change infusion set and site; check needle/cannula angle at new infusion site.|
|Insulin leak||Check Luer lock connection by wrapping a tissue around it to check for moisture; change infusion set if needed.|
|Redness, tenderness, lumps, itching, warmth, and discharge||Change infusion set and site; use sterile technique. Treat old site for infection if necessary. Call healthcare professional for instructions.|